Working with local support groups and leading myeloma specialists across Canada, Myeloma Canada is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients, their caregivers and families.
Myeloma Canada’s goals are to:
- Provide educational resources and support to patients, families, and caregivers;
- Increase awareness of the disease and its effects on the lives of patients and families;
- Promote clinical research and access to new drug trials in Canada;
- Improve access to new therapies, treatment options, and health care resources.
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, a type of cell found in the bone marrow. Plasma cells are part of the immune system and make antibodies to help fight infections. Because plasma cells are found in the blood, it is referred to as a hematologic or blood cancer. The word “multiple” is often used because the malignant cells are typically not limited to one area of the body but affect multiple areas of the bone marrow.
Multiple myeloma is quite rare, affecting approximately 6,000 Canadians; it is estimated that in 2006, 1,900 new cases of myeloma were diagnosed in Canada, and there were 1,300 myeloma deaths.
To date, no cause for this disease has been identified. Although there is currently no cure for myeloma, it is an eminently treatable disease. Many patients go on to lead full lives for years after diagnosis. With increasing research, the overall outlook for patients is steadily improving.
Weston Seeds is a proud supporter of Multiple Myeloma Canada and its campaign for the fight to find a cure.
Links related to great causes: Friends for Life in support of Stem Cell research and The Princess Margaret Hospital.